Born in Taiwan and immigrating to the United States in 1994,
I-Fei Chen has pursued the unusual goal of achieving success on both piano and clarinet. Currently the Staff Pianist Coordinator at SUNY Fredonia. Ms Chen also serves as competition accompanist of the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition in Buffalo, and as a pianist for the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Buffalo Opera Unlimited as well as the Buffalo Philharmonic Choir.
Ms. Chen has appeared as a recital pianist with numerous world-renowned soloists and members of prestigious orchestras from San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, as well as the National Symphony Orchestra and Air Force Concert Band.
While living in the San Francisco Bay area she was the staff pianist for the University of California - Berkeley Chorus and vocal studios, The Alvin Ailey summer dance group, and Berkeley Chamber Opera. She appeared as a soloist in performances of Stravinsky’s Les Noces at both UC – Berkeley and UC - Davis, and was accompanist in a series of recitals and master classes featuring William Bolcom and Joan Morris.
A Lecturer in Clarinet Performance at SUNY Fredonia, Ms. Chen earned her Graduate Performance Diploma and Bachelor’s Degree in Clarinet Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with Steven Barta. She earned her Master’s Degree in Clarinet Performance with Dr. John Weigand at West Virginia University. As clarinetist, she has performed at the Kennedy Center, has collaborated with numerous renowned artists such as the world’s most recorded pianist - Jenő Jandó, and has appeared as chamber musician with numerous ensembles including the West Virginia University Faculty Chamber Group, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, The Washington Opera Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, and The Taipei National Symphony Orchestra. She took first prize in the Baltimore Music Club Competition, first prize of the Taipei Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition, the first prize of the West Virginia University concerto competition, and was a finalist in the Olga Koussevitzky Competition in New York and the Yale Gordon Concerto Competition at The Peabody Conservatory.